The healing power of sleep

Please remember, the words in this blog are not meant to convey any type of medical advice. They are merely a representation of how I have experienced life, and nothing more. In fact, the whole purpose of this blog is to encourage people to find their own way, to question the status quo, and to find out what is best for *them* in the face of any conventional dogma.

In 2007 I survived ovarian cancer. During the weeks that lead up to my surgery, I slept for 16-18 hours a day. Once removed, and as my energy returned, I slept fewer and fewer hours, but as I was out of work on FLMA, I allowed myself to just sleep if I felt it necessary.

I’m not sure I buy into the dogma of 7-9 hours a sleep per night. When I am feeling at my peak, I need only 5-6 hours a night to perform at my best. Other times, when things are stressful, or if I’m not eating properly, I need more than 9 hours to make me feel rested.

Take today, for example. I’ve gotten around 6-7 hours of sleep per night this week, yet today, for whatever reason, my body has felt like sleeping. So today, I’ve gotten up, done a few things around the house, and gone back to bed, slept for 2-3 hours, and repeated the process. I’ve actually gotten a LOT of sleep since last night, but I’ve done so at my body’s command, not out of any sleep expert’s recommendation.

I guess the point of this is that this is a very good indicator of how I live my life. I listen to my body, I read and analyze the current literature, and then I come to my own conclusions. Were I not working in corporate America, I am convinced my most natural sleep pattern would actually be that of a bi-phasic sleeper. (Google the term and learn about it, they say that Albert Einstein was actually a bi-phasic sleeper).

Sleep heals both the mind and the body. I do believe that most people get too little sleep, but I think that comes in part from feeling that they only need to lay down to sleep once each day.

Ciao for now.